I am SOOO excited for November, National Novel Writing Month! During NaNoWriMo Camp 2017 I reached my goal of 20,000. I’m hoping to finish editing and revising it before November. What do you think your goal for NaNoWriMo 2017 will be? I think I will try to have a goal of 30,000 this year. Last year during NaNoWriMo 2016 I had a goal of 3,000–and I reached it pretty easily. So this year I’m multiplying my goal by ten. I hope I can reach it! Are you planning to participate in NaNoWriMo 2017?
I made these adorable mini doughnuts. You can use them as beads and string them on pipe cleaners, or you can put them on rings, necklaces, or earrings! You could even put them on hair clips to make a doughnut hair clip. My size is about a centimeter tall and a centimeter wide. These are the perfect size for Lottie Dolls, but you could also make bigger versions.
- Hot Glue Gun
- Hot Glue Gun Sticks
- Gold Paint (I used this one and it turned out really well)
- Parchment Paper
- Paper or plastic plate that you don’t care about if it gets paint on it
How to Make It:
- Heat up your hot glue gun. Put a hot glue stick in it. Then hot glue small doughnut shapes onto the parchment paper, each about a centimeter tall and a centimeter wide. Wait for them to cool and harden, then carefully peel them off of the parchment paper. Pull off any little strings of hot glue.
- Put the hot glue doughnuts on the plate, then get the gold paint and the paintbrush. Paint the top part of the doughnut–don’t paint the bottom half that is touching the plate. Paint the sides. Paint multiple layers of paint (I did three) then let them dry overnight.
- Once the doughnuts have sat out to dry overnight, check to make sure that they are dry. If they aren’t, let them sit out for another night. If they are dry then get your Sharpies out. Pick out the darkest and most vibrant colors. Then color on the frosting with your colors. Let the Sharpie dry for a few minutes, then you’re done!
How did your doughnuts turn out? I was very happy with mine! What was your favorite color for the doughnut frosting? Mine was the royal blue or the dark red. It looked very vibrant.
leaves on fire
in the sharp fresh cold wind.
Wind blows colorful leaves down
into an ice cold stream.
Two gentle deer, running away from the wind
in the tall grass
Four children walk
back from school
combine with the rushing stream
a perfect harmony
to the end
delight the dark
And the four children
all in costumes,
parade down the street
baskets of candy in their hands
I made chocolate banana bread a few days ago–using a glutenous recipe to make a gluten-free version–and it was SO GOOD!!!
I used this recipe, but with a few changes.
Chocolate Banana Bread (based off of Two Peas and Their Pod’s recipe.)
- 3/4 cup Gluten Free Flour (I used this flour)
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3 brown bananas
- 1/2 cup salted butter (melted)
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup chocolate chips, divided
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
Follow the same directions as in the original recipe, but add the cinnamon and nutmeg with all of the other dry ingredients and add the extra egg with the other egg. And add the extra butter with the other butter. I also cooked it for only about thirty minutes instead of the original 60-65 minutes, but I used a toaster oven.
I made cupcakes last Saturday. I made 18 cupcakes–a mix of kitten cupcakes and surprise cupcakes. The kitten cupcakes I made from the book Hello Cupcake by Karen Tack and Alan Richardson. It’s basically a cupcake decorated in a really fancy way. I followed the recipe (pretty much) and I think it turned out pretty well! I also made it gluten free–why would I make it glutenous?
Fat Cats from Hello Cupcake
- 9 Chocolate Cupcakes (Totally random number, but that’s how many I did)
- 1 16 oz can of vanilla frosting
- Black and Orange food coloring
- 1/2 can chocolate frosting
- Gluten Free Graham Crackers (I used Smorable’s )
- 18 Mentos (I meant to get white but accidentally got green, but I still think they turned out okay)
- 9 cherry Runts
- 18 chocolate chips
- 4 red Starbursts
What you do is basically follow the directions but don’t make the cat’s lower part of their body. Also I didn’t make the fur be in individual pieces. I just made it smooth because it was easier. 🙂 Another thing I did was cut the graham crackers into triangles and then stick them in and frost them. When you cut the graham crackers go slowly. There will be some crumbs and you can put those on the cat’s tongue.
I made surprise cupcakes just by experimenting with the other cupcakes using the extra toppings and frosting. They sometimes had candy hidden inside of the cupcake.
A Dirt Road
A silver minivan
full of people
from the main road
which is empty
onto a side road.
It is bumpy,
winding through the mountain paths
don’t crash is a thought important to all.
The car is full
of clothes and food
all ready for a mountain trip
to a place
which all fear
is in the middle
four children snoring
two children staring
out at the burned woods.
Then there is a place
where to turn?
where to go?
stop the car,
one adult gets out.
gets back in
and turns around.
except for the bumps of the road
reach a sign and turn
onto another dirt road.
Dust and dirt
makes it look
dull and dark.
the town is empty
as a ghost.
A few rusty dirty cars
as if they’ve given up
There is not a soul to be seen
except for the silver minivan,
passing the ghost town
still silent and still.
Dust rises up around the car
as it continues driving
slowly down the
dirt mountain road.
Then there’s a sign,
Two children cheer
and four children wake up
as the silver minivan
drives past the sign
to catch sight of a big house.
The car drives up to the house uncertainly
With six children staring wide-eyed.
The car stops with a crunch on the gravel
The adult gets out
walks up to the house
and looks at the door,
with the paper sign in red ink reading
“SHOES OFF PLEASE”
Then the car door opens
and six children run out.
Is this it?
“Yes,” says the oldest, a girl. “This is it. I saw the pictures.”
Six children run back to the car to grab luggage for a week,
then dash inside
for a peek
Then they pull the luggage in,
excited and talking.
“We’re first! We’re first!” is a cheer heard by all in the desolate, empty mountains.
They run around,
unpacking their stuff.
Two girls in room 33
a boy in room 36
the adult and a girl in room 35
and two boys, their cousins who had come in the car with them in the room at the end of the hall.
They wait for what feels like hours
then they hear
the sound of the front door opening again,
raising the cheer
“Cousins are here!”
Kladdkakka is a kind of Swedish chocolate cake. It is really good, so me and my cousin found a flourless gluten free version. I made it last summer with my cousin, and we modified the recipe. Here is the link to the original recipe, and below is the modifed recipe. It tastes really warm and chocolatey when it is warm, and if you stick it in the fridge overnight and have it in the morning it tastes like fudge. Either way, it is REALLY good.
1 stick of butter
1 cup of chocolate chips
No water (contrary to what the recipe says…)
4 large eggs, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/4 cup cocoa powder
No salt. (we used salted butter, though)
1. Heat oven to 175° (350F). Grease a 9-inch cake pan.
2. Gently melt butter and chocolate in a saucepan on low heat. (Or in the microwave) When mixture is melted and smooth, set aside.
3. In a large bowl, whip eggs, sugar, vanilla, and cocoa until very light and fluffy, about 4-5 minutes.
4. Stir chocolate mixture into egg mixture with a spatula. Stir until smooth.
5. Pour batter into the pan and BAKE FOR 18-22 MINUTES (NOT THE 40 THAT THE ORIGINAL SAYS). Let cake cool before removing it from the pan.
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What I’ve been reading this week:
The Mother-Daughter Book Club #1 by Heather Vogel Frederick
This book is about four girls and their moms (well, and one dad) reading Little Women over a year in sixth grade.
MacDonald Hall Goes Hollywood by Gordan Korman
This book is one in a series of the MacDonald Hall books. They are hilarious, and I read them over and over just to laugh.
Don’t Care High by Gordan Korman
This book is about a school where nobody has school spirit and nobody cares. Then they get a new student body president, Mike Otis, who changes everything.
Restart by Gordan Korman
This is a newer and more serious book by Gordan Korman. Chase Ambrose, sports star, falls off of his roof and has amnesia. His whole life changes drastically.
I love lemurs! There are lots of different kinds, but the most famous one is the Ring Tailed Lemur. It got it’s name for the ringed striped tail. They are really adorable! They are large strepsirrhine primates. They are in the 1/5 lemur families, Lemuridae. They are very social and can live in groups of up to 30 (!) lemurs! They also do polygamy, which, if you don’t know what that means, it means that the males marry more than one female without the other females/female dying or getting divorced. Humans do it sometimes, not not very often anymore. It’s less popular. Anyways, the lemurs are also endangered. That is sad because they ARE really cute!